Politics of the Present

Factions, Fears, and Fake News at Trinity College Dublin

Monday, November 6, 2017 - Tuesday, November 7, 2017

In a world where truth is under siege, freedom of speech has never been more important. But, as outrage and offense in public debate become a commodity for social media technology giants, the future of professional journalism in educating public opinion while challenging authority and power is increasingly under attack. For media outlets, defamation cases and crippling costs are on the rise. By contrast, commentary online and in social media from non-experts is flourishing without the corresponding checks and balances. How do we deal with the 19th century defamation legacy as well as facing the challenges of public debate in the 21st?  How do we balance freedom of expression with the need for responsibility and accountability?

Everyone seems to be writing on populism these days, which is unsurprising given the global rise of populist movements, parties, and leaders. But the relationship of populism to religion remains understudied. In response, IRCPL has organized a three-part speaker series on Populism and Religion. With this series, we aim to illuminate the broad yet distinctive nature of populism(s) by analyzing their region-specific histories, the religious posturing of populist groups on both sides of the political spectrum, and the unique rhetorics used by populist movements to appeal to the general public.

Coming To Terms With A Polarized Society "Strangers in Their Own Land: Where Do We Go From Here?" Arlie R. Hochschild, Professor of Sociology Emerita, University of California, Berkeley Panelists:  Frederick Harris, Dean of Social Sciences and Professor of Political Science, Columbia University Nicholas Lemann, Joseph Pulitzer II and Edith Pulitzer Moore Professor of Journalism and Dean Emeritus of the Faculty of Journalism, Columbia University; staff writer for the New Yorker

Everyone seems to be writing on populism these days, which is unsurprising given the global rise of populist movements, parties, and leaders. But the relationship of populism to religion remains understudied. In response, IRCPL has organized a three-part speaker series on Populism and Religion. With this series, we aim to illuminate the broad yet distinctive nature of populism(s) by analyzing their region-specific histories, the religious posturing of populist groups on both sides of the political spectrum, and the unique rhetorics used by populist movements to appeal to the general public.

Seven films about forms of resistance

Seven films about forms of resistance

Seven films about forms of resistance

Seven films about forms of resistance.

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